Darkness Hits Storm Ravaged Areas In Lagos


The aftermath of the rain storm that hit many areas in Lagos State on Monday has thrown most of the communities into darkness, paralysing business activities.

Some of the areas badly affected include Isolo, Oke Afa, Ago Okota which have been in darkness after the rainstorm..

Residents of Ago-Okota especially those living in Ali Dada, Esuola, Bamgbala and other streets where electric poles were uprooted by the rainstorm, are still in darkness.

Most of the artisans in the areas like barbers, hairdressers and welders have been rendered idle because of the power outage.

As at this morning, officials of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, have not done anything to rectify the damage.

The councillor representing Ago-Okota at Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Mr. Ismaila Aregbesola, told P.M.NEWS this morning that the residents had contacted PHCN officials to restore light in the area.

Aregbesola said the PHCN officials inspected the area yesterday but they are still waiting for them to fix the electric poles.

One of the longest streets in Ikoyi, Lagos, Oyinka Abayomi, the official residence of Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division of Nigeria Army, the Federal High Court, Lagos and the residence of the late business mogul, Alhaji Iyanda Folawiyo were also affected by the rainstorm.

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A big tree barricaded the street and pulled down the electric cables, while some of the wooden electric poles were broken or pulled down completely.

As at yesterday evening, the fallen electric poles were still being cleared while the cables were yet to be fixed..

Other areas in darkness due to the rainstorm are Lord Rumens, Adeyemi Lawson and Ajakaiye roads, all in Ikoyi area of Lagos.

Also affected are Adegunsoye and Ogunlana streets in Surulere, Lagos.

A resident of Adegunsoye Street who pleaded for anonymity told P.M.NEWS that the PHCN officials are aware of the damage caused by the rainstorm but are not doing anything to rectify the situation.

Residents of all the affected areas now rely on generators for electricity supply.

—Akin Kuponiyi

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